Baridar Sangharsh Petitions High Court for Control Over Vaishno Devi

State destruction of Tirupati Balaji Temple goes back more than 350 years to invading and occupying armies. Preventing Hindu administration of the Temple continues today. More than 50 Temples in Uttarakhand, including the Char Dham, are currently under imminent threat of “secularization” – removing the Hindu Nature of the Temples and having them officially run by members of religious denominations other than Hindu. In July of 2020 the plea to prevent this Temple takeover filed by Dr. Subramanian Swamy was dismissed by the Uttarakhand High Court. On July 13, 2020 the Supreme Court of India upheld the shebait rights of the Travancore Royal Family to administer the Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala – a legal entanglement that has been ongoing since 1949. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court issued notice August 26 in a plea by Baridar Hindus, claiming rights to the administration, management and governance of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and its endowments. (barandbench.com) The petition was filed by the Baridar Sangharsh Committee and 54 other petitioners through Advocate Ankur Sharma – according to the petition, Baridars previously managed Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine before State takeover in 1986. (barandbench.com) The top contentions made by the Petitioners include: The Shrine was discovered and established by the Baridars and Pandit Shridhar in the 10th century supported by anecdotal evidence. (barandbench.com) 2. The petitioners seek complete handover of the management and governance of the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and its endowments to the Baridars. (barandbench.com) 3. Corruption of the current government controlled Shrine Board has acted against Hindu interest. (barandbench.com) 4. “The State in brazen violation of Article 14 has exercised its authority only against Hindu Temples.” (barandbench.com) 5. Shrine Board funds have been squandered not inline with Hindu sentiments. (barandbench.com) 6. The Board has employed several non-Hindus at various posts in its administration. (barandbench.com) 7. The current Shrine Board has taken effective steps in destroying the historical significance of Hindu religious landmarks in the area. (barandbench.com) The petition has been filed for the enforcement of Fundamental Rights of the petitioners as guaranteed under Article 25, 26, 29, 14 and 31 of the Constitution of India. (barandbench.com) The petitioning Advocate, Ankur Sharma argued, “In all the decades, the Hindu Religious Institutions in Jammu and Kashmir have been under the thumb of the State, the ability of the Hindu community to administer its own institutions has been systematically clipped and pared-down”… “Despite equally empowered in taking over management, administration and governance of religious institutions belonging to other religions, the State in brazen violation of Article 14 has exercised its authority only against Hindu Temples”… The State now has been directed to file its reply within 4 weeks. (barandbench.com) (4 September 2020) ————————————— Visit us around the web: Facebook: https://facebook.com/HNGlobalPress Youtube: https://youtube.com/HinduismNow Twitter: https://twitter.com/HN_Global_Press Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hinduismnowgp/ ————————————— #HinduismNow #News #Hinduism

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